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Posted November 21, 2009
A DRAMATIC AND MOVING NOVEL
THE BOOK IS VERY BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN. AND MOST WONDERFUL, IT'S MOVING AND DRAMATIC! IT'S THE TALE OF A SOLDIER WHO EXPERIENCES FOR THE FIRST TIME THE FEELING OF "TRUE PITY" FOR A YOUNG CRIPPLED WOMAN. HE REALIZES HOW THIS EMOTION MAKES HIM FEEL APPRECIATED BY THE GIRL AND HER FAMILY, AND CAUSES HIM TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT HIMSELF ... AND HAPPY! SO HE BECOMES ALMOST DRUNK ON HIS NEW FOUND FEELING OF PITY. BUT, IT LEADS HIM INTO A PACK OF LIES AND TROUBLES AND SOON BECOMES A TORMENT WHICH HE TRIES TO RUN FROM. THUS THE TITLE, "BEWARE OF PITY." IN THE END, HIS NEW FOUND FEELINGS OF PITY ALMOST DESTROY HIM.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 23, 2002
A Psychological Nightmare
Beware of Pity is a fascinating study of how a young leutenant in the Austrian Army obsesses on the emotion of pity. Zweig's detailed anaylisis of how the the young hero of the novel swings back and forth between pity for an invalid girl and her father and his awareness that he is being trapped in an ever complex web of emotions that he must escape or perish. The conclusion is something of a let down but until then the rest of the book is a tour de force that overwhelms the reader page after page.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 18, 2001
This book will leave you overwhelmed by it's grace and by the author's brilliant style and sensibility. Be prepared to be obsessed with Zweig's books.
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Posted November 15, 2011
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